Gustavo A. Flores-Macías

Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs and Associate Professor


My research and teaching interests include a variety of topics related to political and economic development. Currently, my research focuses on two main areas: 1) the politics of economic reform, and 2) taxation and state capacity. Work related to these interests has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Democracy, Journal of Politics, Peace Review, Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International DevelopmentWorld Development, and as chapters in edited volumes. My book, After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America (Oxford University Press 2012), studies the economic policies of left-of-center governments in Latin America, focusing on the role that party systems play in facilitating or hindering economic transformations. The book won the Latin American Studies Association Tomassini Award in 2014. I am also the editor of The Political Economy of Taxation in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2019).

I teach “Latin American Politics, Economy, and Society” (GOVT 3293, DSOC 3290, LATA 3290), “War and the State” (GOVT 4403), “Politics of Energy and Natural Resources” (GOVT 4274), and Comparative Methods (6053) at Cornell. I have also taught courses in Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Globalization and World Affairs, and Statistics at Harvard, Georgetown, and Duke. While teaching at Harvard, I received the Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Award in 2008. In 2013, I received the Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award at Cornell.

I received my PhD in political science from Georgetown University and a masters in public policy from Duke University, where I was a Fulbright scholar. Before joining the Government Department I was a fellow at Cornell’s Polson Institute for Global Development between 2008 and 2010. Previously, I served as Director of Public Affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency.

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Research Focus

  • the politics of economic reform
  • taxation and state capacity




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